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From the desk of Sr. Kathy...

September 2018

Dear Friends:

I pray that all are safe after experiencing Hurricane Florence. And I also hope that damage to your homes was not too extensive. I was already scheduled to be with Rock Hill friends, including office staff and teachers of St. Anne School. What a pleasure to be with my friends in Rock Hill. All were extremely gracious, courteous and wonderful especially with their gift of hospitality.

I may have to reschedule some sessions of Formation due to the hurricane. As I previously shared with you, this year we will concentrate on Human Formation by using the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (hereafter MBTI) to understand ourselves better and those with whom we minister. I ask each parish to register your office staff by emailing Cathy Roche at or call her at 843.261.0504 a week before so that we have the correct numbers of inventories, workbooks and also so that we may inform the host parishes for food preparations. It might be helpful to view a few sessions of the TV hit series, The Office, as I will be referring to those characters in my presentation. I believe you can locate this series on Itunes and Netflix. Also, if the series The Office is not familiar to you, participants will have the option to review some saints to explore what their Myers Briggs type may be. Also, if you are not coming once you have signed up, please let us know. I especially want to thank those parishes who host us annually, as they have the facilities to do so. Your graciousness and kindness to the needs of Pastoral Formation is so appreciated.

In this newsletter, I want to encourage you to be prayerful, faithful and even joyous, as we continue to deal with many issues in the church that may have us feeling sad, angry and even questioning some aspects of our faith. As has been the case, we’ll look at global, national, and local issues of the church in this month's issue as well.

Peace and all good,

Sister Kathy Adamski, OSF

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Formation For Mission And Ministry Year IV

Please note Year Four of Formation for Mission and Ministry (FFMM) has been scheduled. The schedule below may also be found on our website. Deaneries to be visited first semester include: Rock Hill, Myrtle Beach, Greenville and Aiken. Your pastors received letters in August regarding the upcoming schedule. I hope your pastors have had the opportunity to discuss attendance at these events with you, as the Bishop also sent out a letter encouraging all parish staff to take advantage of this opportunity.

**** The session at St. Joseph Church in Columbia has been moved from Friday, February 8 to Thursday, February 7. Please note this on your calendar if you plan to attend this session!****




Tuesday, September 11, 2018

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

The Oratory, Rock Hill

Parishes in this Session: St. Anne, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Joseph, St. Mary, St. Philip Neri,

All Saints, Divine Savior, Our Lady of Grace


Thursday, September 20, 2018

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

St. Anne, Florence

Parishes in this Session: St. Anne, St. Mary the Virgin Mother, St. Peter (Cheraw) St. Louis

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

St. Andrew, Myrtle Beach

Parishes in this Session: St. Andrew, Our Lady Star of the Sea

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

St. Michael, Murrells Inlet

Parishes in this Session: Precious Blood of Christ, St. Mary Our Lady of Ransom, St. James


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

St. Mary Magdalene, Simpsonville

Parishes in this Session: St. Elizabeth Seton, Jesus Our Risen Savior, Holy Spirit Mission,

St. Luke

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

St. Paul the Apostle, Seneca

Parishes in this Session: St. Andrew (Clemson), St. Joseph (Anderson), St. Mary of the Angels

Thursday, October 18, 2018

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

St. Anthony of Padua, Greenville

Parishes in this Session: St. Mary (Greenville), Blessed Trinity, Prince of Peace, Our Lady of LaVang, St. Paul the Apostle (Spartanburg)


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

St. Mary Help of Christians, Aiken

Parishes in this Session: St. Andrew (Barnwell), Our Lady of the Valley, Sacred Heart (Abbeville), Our Lady of Peace, St. Edward, St. Mary Immaculate Conception, St. Gerard,

Our Lady of Lourdes, Good Shepherd, Sacred Heart




Tuesday, January 15, 2019

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

St. Gregory the Great, Bluffton

Parishes in this Session: St. Peters, Beaufort, St. Francis by the Sea, Holy Family; any mission church members


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

Christ Our King, Mount Pleasant

Parishes in this Session: St. Benedict, St. Clare of Assisi, Stella Maris

Thursday, January 24, 2019

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

Immaculate Conception

Goose Creek

Parishes in this Session: St. John the Beloved, St. Theresa Little Flower, St. Philip Benizi

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

DOC Assembly Hall, Charleston

Parishes in this Session: Blessed Sacrament, Nativity, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist,

St. Mary of Annunciation, St. Patrick


Thursday, February 7, 2019

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

St. Joseph, Columbia

Parishes in this Session: St. Peters, St. Thomas Moore at USC, St. Martin de Porres,

St. John Neumann, Catholic Community of Sumter, Transfiguration, Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

8:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch Provided

Corpus Christi, Lexington

Parishes in this Session: Our Lady of the Hills, Our Lady of the Lake, St. John of the Cross,

St. Theresa, Holy Trinity

**Any mission church may attend any session.

SC Catholics in Action Conference Oct 13 2018

"A ‘couch potato’ evangelization doesn’t exist. Get up and go! Be always on the move. Go to the place where you must speak the word (of God)!” – Pope Francis, Homily on April 19, 2018

Join our Church family on October 13 as we gather in Columbia, SC for the SC Catholics in Action conference! Be a Catholic who answers the call of missionary discipleship in sharing the Joy of the Gospel! Together, let us hear the call to resist the temptation to settle for Catholic Inaction and instead be….Catholics IN Action!

What is the date: October 13, 2018 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Who should attend? ALL Catholics

How much does it cost? $25, includes conference materials and lunch

The day concludes with Mass celebrated by our Bishop.

To register, visit or email or call the Office of Catechesis at (843) 261-0504.

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Statement from Cardinal DiNardo

Recently, leaders of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) met with our Holy Father about the crisis in American regarding abuse by prelates. Cardinal DiNardo’s stated that he, together with Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop Gomez, and Msgr. Bransfield, looked forward to continuing to work together with Pope Francis on resolving the crisis facing the Church in the United States.

Cardinal DiNardo shared, “As we departed the audience, we prayed the Angelus together for God's mercy and strength as we work to heal the wounds. We look forward to actively continuing our discernment together identifying the most effective next steps.”

Both Cardinals DiNardo and Wuerl are from Pittsburgh, Pa, my home diocese, and I have the deepest respect for both men. I am confident that both clerics will do whatever is best to bring healing to those abused and those in the church whose faith has been shattered. As those of us who minister for Holy Mother Church in South Carolina, let us be fervent in our prayer and faith that goodness will prevail in the midst of evil, as we are a Resurrection people.

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Archbishop Oscar Romero

Excellent news from Rome, Italy and the Vatican! In 2015 and when Archbishop Romero was beatified, Pope Francis declared him a martyr of the faith and a martyr of charity, killed for his love and defense of God in the poor. He was gunned down during mass on March 24, 1980 in El Salvador. May we all imitate his love for the poor. I believe the following quote from the soon-to-be saint is worth our reflection: “I am glad brothers and sisters, that our church is persecuted precisely for its preferential option for the poor and for trying to become incarnate in the interest of the poor and for saying to all the people, to rulers, to the rich and powerful, unless you become poor, unless you have a concern for the poverty of our people as though they were your own family, you will not be able to save society”. The Archbishop's sermons and writings can be found at
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Presidents of Catholic Bishops Conferences To Meet

Hannah Brockhaus, CNA, Vatican City, Sep 12, 2018 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News)

Pope Francis has called for all the presidents of the Catholic bishops’ conferences of the world to meet at the Vatican in February to discuss the issue of sexual abuse of minors.

A statement from the pope’s cardinal advisory board Sept. 12 said, “The Holy Father Francis, hearing the Council of Cardinals, decided to convene a meeting with the Presidents of the Bishops Conferences of the Catholic Church on the theme of ‘protection of minors.’”

The summit will take place at the Vatican Feb. 21-24, 2019.

In a press briefing Wednesday, Holy See spokesperson Paloma García Ovejero, said the February meeting would be on the "prevention of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults."

According to the website GCatholic, there are 114 Conferences of Bishops and 21 eastern-rite Patriarchal Synods, Councils of Churches, and Assemblies of Ordinaries.

The announcement followed a three-day session of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals, commonly called the “C9,” which he created in 2013 to advise him regarding the governance and reform of the Roman Curia.

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St. Anne Headmaster Convocation Day

St. Anne Catholic Church and School celebrated Headmaster Convocation Day on Thursday, September 13, 2018 and invited me to be their facilitator for the student and faculty/staff retreat. With Hurricane Florence soon to arrive, we gathered in prayer as a faith community to celebrate the joy of the gospel. Students were very interested in the “why” I became a sister and “why” I stayed (40 years as of September 17, 2018). One asked if God really forgives us when we sin, and other similar questions were addressed. In the midst of fear and wonderment of the inclement weather to come, I was awestruck by the sharing of both the staff and students. The Catholic faith is alive and well in Rock Hill!


#1 If Archbishop Romero is named a Doctor, he will be the first Latin American Doctor of the Church, a “Pastoral doctor,” a voice for the poor and prophetic nonviolence.

Title, “Doctor of the Church”, occurs when one is named a doctor for one’s Orthodoxy (correct teaching) and Orthopraxis (Correct living) of the faith.

#2 September is Suicide Prevention Month


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Was a New York

Times Best Seller)

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